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Wildlife Safari in Los Llanos, Venezuela

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Venezuela  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 180 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 250 US Dollar (USD)

Visit one of the wildlife observation icons on earth; a “must do” for nature lovers, birdwatchers and animals enthusiasts. It has become a landmark for international researchers. The ranch is endorsed by institutions such as The National Geographic Society, BBC, Discovery Channel, The New York Zoological society, The London Zoo among others. El Cedral is a world renowned for its exceptional display of wildlife and its unique landscape in 50.000 hectares of savannah, gallery forest, rivers, swamps and grass plains, the perfect destination for the eco-tourist seeking to experience nature in its purest form. In this vast land, two rivers cross a mosaic of wetlands, savannas, and tropical forests: the Guaritico and Matiyure rivers where hundreds of species run freely undisturbed by man’s presence. The area is inhabited by Anacondas, Giant river otters, giant anteaters, white-tailed deer, red howler monkeys, pink river dolphins, pumas, jaguars, crocodiles, caimans, Orinoco Crocodile, capybaras, piranhas and more than 344 different species of birds.

Fish for Piranha, ride horseback and even catch anaconda in this vast and sparsely populated landscape, which is home to an enormous range of plants reptiles, birds, insects and mammals.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Barinas to El Cedral.
Early departure from Barinas where you will meet your guide and 3 hours car transfer to Hato El Cedral. After lunch we go for a walk around the lodge to get familiarized with the facilities, we will easily find Buff-Necked Ibis, Jabiru, and Maguari Stork nests. Up in the trees, you will also find Red Howler Monkeys which are always active looking for fruits; you may encounter the Venezuelan Troupial (Venezuela’s national Bird), Great Horned owl (not very active during the day), Scarlet Macaws, Giant Wrens and many more birds species. You will also find Iguanas that are quite familiar with people and Spectacle alligators, Llanos Tortoises refreshing in the waterfront of the lodge. At 330pm you will ride a truck towards south of the ranch to spot more interesting species like Capybaras, White-Tailed Deer, Anacondas, Giant Anteaters, Savanna Fox, Pumas and Orinoco Crocodiles. We will return to the lodge enjoying the sunset on the savanna. Dinner and overnight at Campamento Matiyure in Hato El Cedral.

Day 2: El Cedral.
Wake up with the sounds of birds who live around the lodge and enjoy a walk on your own with the sunrise. After breakfast, we will go by truck to explore the west side of Hato El Cedral to spot anacondas, Crab eating racoons, Whistleing ducks, Red Scarlet Ibis, Glossy Ibis among other interesting species. After a tasty lunch, we will relax and get ready for the most exciting part of the tour which is the boat ride onto Matiyure river. We will go south to spot the rare Agami Heron in the gallery forest, we may also find the Giant Potoo sleeping on the top of a dead branch, the fascinating Hoatzin, Sunbitters and their flashy feathers, we will surely be followed by the Black Collared Hawk which expects to be fed with fresh piranhas that we will catch along the river, a few Yellow Headed Caracaras and the superb Black Buzzard Hawk. The Llanos Tortoises and Spectacle alligators will observe us from a distance and get fresh meat from us. The piranha fishing is just amazing as well as a mini Aligator’s feeding show. We will return with an amazing sunset on the Matiyure river and wetlands while observing thousands of birds returning to their nests. Dinner and overnight at Campamento Matiyure in Hato El Cedral.

Day 3: El Cedral to Barinas.
After breakfast, you will have leisure time to relax and go out in search of more wildlife. We can get you the boat trip in the morning which allows great shots with a different light. After lunch we will drive back to Barinas to complete this amazing Llanos experience.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
– All land and boat transfers
– Overnight in comfortable bedrooms with AC, Satellite Tv and private bathroom
– All meals except Breakfast on Day 1 + Dinner on Day 3
– Local guides
– Soft drinks during the excursions

Price Excludes:
– Tips and gratuities to staff
– Flights in and out Barinas

About This Supplier
Location: Venezuela
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2009

Our company was founded by Ben Rodriguez in April 2002. It is a 100% Venezuelan Nature Tourism company, which offers products to independent travelers who have a limited or large budget. It shows up in Lonely Planet Venezuela 2007 and in Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring 2007, as one of the most competitive...

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